On July 1, Tennessee began a new fiscal year. With that beginning came a number of new drunk driving laws that went into effect. Anyone convicted of driving under the influence could face harsher penalties.
The majority of the changes will not affect first-time offenders as much as they will those who are repeat offenders. The biggest change for first-time offenders is that unless good cause is shown, an ignition interlock device will be ordered for everyone convicted of drunk driving. Law enforcement officials are also now required to run criminal background checks on every driver suspected of being impaired.